The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Breaking the Arab News

✚ Breaking the Arab News

Sultan al-Qassemi, in Foreign Policy, delivers the harshest possible statement on al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya's Syria coverage:

For the non-Arabic-speaking viewer, news coverage of Syria on these channels is akin to CNN's iReport -- the monthly interactive half-hour citizen journalism show -- but for several hours a day.

iReport? More like iTryToSaveMoneyByNotUsingRealJournalists. Except that for the Arab channels it's not about money, it's about their political agenda.

Abdem Rahman Rashed, the General Manager of al-Arabiya, responds to Sultan's piece in an op-ed in al-Sharq al-Awsat today accusing him of being misled by regime propaganda. This from Saudi Arabia's chief propagandist. (Update: Abu Jamajem has translated the Rashed piece.]

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